We have been home now for almost a week. And as I look back through our pictures from the trip, the magic of it all is truly amazing. Disney really knows how to do things right when it comes to kids. They know what kids expect, they know what scares them, and they know how to react to them. It's quite amazing. My granddaughter Eisley, had a wonderful time. We were all a little worried that the reality of all of the Disney characters might scare her. But she absolutely loved it from day one. She would get so excited with all of the anticipation of waiting for someone to come around the corner. She loved the parades and would just clap and get excited waiting for the next character. She loved the princesses and would just light up when she saw them!
As I reminisce about our trip and see the excitement in her face it reminds me of Jesus saying in scripture to let the little children come to Him. Children have such pure joy and excitement. They are not tainted by the harsh realities of the world. They still see things with pure love and excitement. Eisley was so excited to see and spend time with the Disney characters. And it makes me think... as adults do we get that excited?
There are some things we as adults get excited about. Some of us get excited about Disney :-), some of get excited about sports, :-) some of get excited about music, some of us get excited about fill in the blank. But... do we get excited about Jesus? Do we get excited when we get to worship and sing praises to Him on Sunday morning? Do we get excited when we take the time to sit with Him and soak in His word? Do we get excited to sit and be still with Him? Do we get excited when He opens a door for us and provides us with a wonderful opportunity to serve others? Do we get excited when He puts people in our path that need Jesus with skin on?
Children see things in such a unique way. Their excitement is genuine! Their joy is contagious! What would it look like if we looked forward to spending time with Jesus in the way Eisley looks forward to seeing Pooh and the Disney princesses. What would it look like if we were always that excited to run to Him and spend time with Him by studying His word. What would it look like to be that excited to sit in the quiet and be still with Him. If we got half as excited about spending time with Jesus as we get watching sports, seeing a concert, spending time at Disney, etc, we just might be able to experience Jesus through the eyes of a child. We just might get to experience Jesus in a whole new way. We just might be able to experience the pure joy of being in His presence, the joy of knowing that He is in control of our lives.
The thing is, once you begin to spend more time with Him, the more you "want" to spend time with Him. The more you spend time with Him, the more excited you get when you get an extra chance to be with Him. The more you spend time with Him, the more you will choose Him over other things.
I pray that we will all be able to experience Jesus with the eyes and excitement of a child.
May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.
May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.
1 Thessalonians 3:12-13